By Raúl Zibechi
Systemic crisis and chaos work like a pillaging machine that leaves nothing in place: it destroys, devastates, annihilates whatever it finds in its path. It subjugates the lives of the dominated and the dominating, although both have ways of dealing with the new situation. Those on top try to profit from the chaos in order to stay on top. Those below face greater challenges whenever their survival is at stake. They can come out unscathed only in movement and in community, struggling alongside others on whom disorder has forced brother- and sisterhood.
Systemic chaos tends to destroy all the actors as a whole (to neutralize and transform their identities), beginning with the most fragile and least resistant. The Lefts cease being Lefts not because they have little support — they can have millions of votes — but because, interwoven with power and with the powerful, they have cast aside the ethics for staying on top. What happened with the Workers’ Party [PT – Partido dos Trabalhadores] of Brazil is a good example.
It is worthwhile to read a recent interview with Frei Betto conducted on March 30 by O Estado de São Paulo. During the military dictatorship he worked in ecclesiastical base communities contributing to the founding of the PT. He acted as part of Lula’s first administration (from 2003 to 2005) as coordinator of the Hambre Cero [Zero Hunger] program. He quit after two years, at the time of the disclosure of the corruption scandal over monthly payments to opposition members of congress so they would vote for their bills and wrote Mosca Azul: Una Reflexión sobre el PT en el Poder. (more…)